I find I use body oils a lot more during the colder months. It’s difficult and ineffective (at least for me) to use regular moisturizers and body butter/creams/lotions during winter; especially in the morning when it’s too cold. And they just don’t seem to work as well.
Here are some of my affordable favorites:
My face is usually combination-oily (normal in the perimeter of my face and extremely oily in the T-zone). But, because of the winter months’ cold air and lack of humidity, everyone’s skin changes. Mine becomes dry in the chin area and I get dry patches around the nose, too.
So, during the colder months, I mix my regular moisturizer with 3-5 drops of face oil (more if I have dry patches). These days, I prefer the L’Oreal Extraordinary Facial Oil. I tried it last winter and it worked for me so I re-purchased this new bottle. It’s great, because it’s readily available, affordable (90 AED / 1,200 PHP / 24 USD, but I wait for a sale!), and I like the delicate scent. And because you only need a few drops each time, you can pretty much use it until the end of its shelf life (18 months).
Facial oils, I find, work better if you also massage it onto your skin for a couple of minutes.
You would think that putting more oil on the face would make you feel sticky and heavy. This one won’t. The Garnier Oil-infused Micellar Water is my new favorite this year. I’m obsessed with the lovely scent and the velvety feel it leaves your skin. I think this is the best in the Garnier Micellar Water range. Go get it!
Body oils (Night and Day)
At the moment, I switch between these during the day: Corine de Farme Body Oil or Johnson’s Baby Oil spray (convenient to use). Body oils do not only moisturize your skin, but also give you a little bit of warmth as well. Perfect for cold mornings.
I prefer the lavender-scented Johnson's Baby Bedtime Oil at night for a more calming effect. And if I’m entirely honest, I would include Efficascent Oil (camphor + menthol liniment oil) that we use back home in the Philippines when you have muscle pains or cramps. It makes me smell like the old lady that I am; but it’s very calming, reminds me of my Mother giving me a night rub, and helps me fall asleep.